Creamy Broccoli Salad Recipe (VIDEO)

Creamy broccoli salad always gets rave reviews. Every bite of this creamy broccoli salad is coated in a honey-lemon dressing. Crisp, crunchy, chewy, tasty! | natashaskitchen.com

Good recipes travel fast and this creamy broccoli salad is one of them! It literally has only 4 ingredients with a 3-ingredient honey lemon dressing that coats every delicious bite. It comes together quickly and is perfect for parties or dinner time. You will make this creamy broccoli salad again and again. Broccoli and cauliflower never tasted so good!

Funny story – my sister stopped by recently and was going on and on about a fantastic salad she tried at her Mother-in-laws dinner and when she asked for the recipe, come to find out, it was this very salad which made me smile big! This recipe always gets glowing reviews. Click here to see what people are saying about this salad.

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Crisp, crunchy, chewy, and delicious! Well, my mouth is watering. How about you?? I’d pass some to you if I could. I really want you to discover this creamy broccoli salad!

Creamy broccoli salad always gets rave reviews. Every bite of this creamy broccoli salad is coated in a honey-lemon dressing. Crisp, crunchy, chewy, tasty! | natashaskitchen.com

Shortcut: I love my food chopper for chopping the broccoli and cauliflower – it makes this job way easier – like Wam Bam!

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Creamy Broccoli Salad Recipe (VIDEO)

4.7 from 26 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
This creamy broccoli salad always gets glowing reviews. It's crisp, crunchy, chewy and every bite is coated in a delicious honey-lemon dressing.
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $7-$9
Servings: 6 as a side salad

Ingredients

  • 1 medium broccoli head
  • 1 medium cauliflower head
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries craisins
  • 1/2 cup almond slices toasted on a dry skillet until golden
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice from 1 small lemon
  • 1/2 cup real mayonnaise

Instructions

  1. Peel the the broccoli stem and chop off the dry base. Chop broccoli into small florets and dice the stem.
  2. Remove and discard cauliflower core and dice the rest.
  3. Toast 1/2 cup almonds on a dry skillet over med/high heat, tossing frequently until fragrant and golden, then add to salad bowl along with 3/4 cup craisins.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup mayo, 2 Tbsp honey and 2 Tbsp lemon juice. Add dressing to the salad and toss well to combine.

Recipe Notes

*Fresh lemon juice makes all the difference - when you only have 3 ingredients in the dressing, each one really counts.

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Creamy broccoli salad always gets rave reviews. Every bite of this creamy broccoli salad is coated in a honey-lemon dressing. Crisp, crunchy, chewy, tasty! | natashaskitchen.com

This creamy broccoli salad has SO MUCH FLAVOR! Make this for your next party and you will likely get recipe requests – just like my sister’s Mother-in-law (story above). ⬆️

Have a delicious week my friends ?

Creamy broccoli salad always gets rave reviews. Every bite of this creamy broccoli salad is coated in a honey-lemon dressing. Crisp, crunchy, chewy, tasty! | natashaskitchen.com

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  • Martin
    June 13, 2018

    My SIL turned me onto this salad years ago and it always is a healthy winner at gatherings. I add crumbled bacon, slivered carrot, rinsed red beans and small-cubes of sharp cheddar. It is very versatile. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 13, 2018

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite, Martin! Reply

  • linda
    June 4, 2018

    people are saying they forgot to add the apples…..I don’t see no where in the recipe that says add apples….what’s up with that Reply

  • Janet
    March 31, 2018

    Hi Natasha, I love the Broccoli/Apple salad & would like to try a combo of that one with this one, adding grapes. I hope you don’t mind, but I will let you know how it turns out. I will also be making it with Veganaise, toasted almond slices & pine nuts. I will stick with the honey lemon vegan mayo dressing. Making it for Easter dinner tomorrow! Have a blessed Easter to you and your family! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 31, 2018

      Wow that sounds amazing!! Let me know how it goes and you have a blessed Easter as well! Reply

      • Janet Marzan
        April 2, 2018

        Well Natasha, this combo of your 2 salads was a huge hit! Both my Aunt and one of my cousins put some away for this week and I will have enough left over as well! I doubled the amount of broccoli and cauliflower (there were 20 of us for dinner), forgot the apples, but it still made a lot! I have extra dressing too, which I’m sure goes well with any kind of salad. Raves overall! Everyone especially commented on the tasty tangy dressing too! Thanks again for your healthy and delicious recipes. Reply

        • Natasha's Kitchen
          April 2, 2018

          My pleasure Janet! I’m happy to hear the whole family enjoys this recipe. Thanks for sharing your excellent review! Reply

  • Ksusha. A
    February 14, 2018

    It was good. Maybe not as amazing as expected but I did like the dressing and cranberry/almonds in the salad! Very interesting🖒 Reply

  • Meagan Misev
    February 14, 2018

    This salad is so delicious! Thank you for showing it with almonds as I’m not a huge fan of pine nuts.
    Made it today for lunch and can’t wait to have it again tomorrow! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 14, 2018

      My pleasure Meagan! I’m happy to hear how much you love the recipe. Thanks for sharing your fantastic review! Reply

  • Jitka
    February 5, 2018

    Natasha, thank you for the recipe. My husband hates broccoli and cranberries but he liked the salad very much asking me to make it again. Our small kids liked it too. It is really easy and very tasty. Thank you! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 5, 2018

      You’re welcome Jitka! I’m happy to hear your whole family loves this recipe. Thanks for sharing your wonderful review! Reply

  • Kim
    February 3, 2018

    This was soooo good and easy! Thank you for the recipe! Reply

    • Kim
      February 3, 2018

      It’s five stars- Reply

    • Kim
      February 3, 2018

      It’s five stars..not 2 Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 3, 2018

      You’re welcome Kim! I’m glad you enjoy it! Reply

  • Susan
    January 18, 2018

    Would you share the nutritional information please? I count Net Carbs. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 19, 2018

      Due to time constraints, I don’t typically include nutritional info, but check out this nutrition analyzer – you can plug in the ingredients from any recipe, select the serving size and it will give you nutritional info, calories, etc. I hope that is helpful to you Susan! Reply

  • May Chung
    December 22, 2017

    Hi Natasha,
    Do the broccoli and the cauliflower need to be parboil first or they can be eaten raw? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 22, 2017

      Hi May, we always eat them raw. We love the crunch that it gives this salad. Reply

  • Teresa
    October 16, 2017

    I made this wonderful salad and took it fo work for lunch two days straight. It’s awesome and better the second day. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 16, 2017

      I’m glad to hear that Teresa! Thanks for sharing your great review! Reply

  • krish
    October 5, 2017

    Thank you for the recipe👍,it was sooooo delicious.i love watching your videos too,they’re so informative and interesting and you’re so inspiring.how many days can this salad last? i hope you’ll continue making fabulous salad recipes. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 5, 2017

      Hi Krish, I haven’t tested the limits on this salad, but leftovers tasted great the next day! Reply

  • Heidi
    September 15, 2017

    Can you substitute miracle whip for the mayo? I am trying to make it dairy free. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 15, 2017

      Hi Heidi, if you like the taste of miracle whip, I think it would be a good experiment. It wouldn’t quite have the same flavor profile but I think you could make it work 🙂 Reply

      • Kriste
        January 19, 2018

        What about substituting plain yogurt for the mayo? Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          January 20, 2018

          Hi Kriste, I haven’t tried that substitution but I think you could make it work, although it will change the flavor profile and you may need a little more honey to offset the added tanginess from the plain yogurt Reply

  • Kim
    August 30, 2017

    I typically buy mayo with olive oil in it, can I use that or just stick with what the recipe calls for? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 30, 2017

      Hi Kim, an olive oil based mayo should still work ok – it has a slightly different flavor profile but I do think it will still work. Reply

  • Lisa S.
    July 18, 2017

    Won’t the almonds get soggy? Or should I add just prior to serving? I want to make for my BBQ next week. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 19, 2017

      Hi Lisa, the almonds won’t get soggy. I’ve never really had almonds get soggy on me – they aren’t as crispy the next day if there are leftovers but they never really get soggy. Toasting them also helps and you can absolutely add them as garnish just before serving if you prefer them very crispy 🙂 Reply

      • Lisa S.
        July 19, 2017

        Thanks for replying – maybe toasting them does the trick. I will definitely make this salad next week. I love your recipes btw. Keep up the great job. Reply

        • Natasha's Kitchen
          July 19, 2017

          My pleasure Lisa! Thanks for following 🙂 Reply

  • Lou Ann Walker
    July 3, 2017

    I blanched the broccoli and cauliflower and added bacon… it was still crisp and delicious!! Thank you for the recipe! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 5, 2017

      My pleasure Lou Ann! YUM, I’m glad to hear you love the recipe! Thanks for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Ruslana
    May 24, 2017

    Hi Natasha, can this be made one day ahead? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 24, 2017

      Hi Ruslana, I have made it ahead with good results. I hope you love it! 🙂 Reply

  • Benita
    May 13, 2017

    I would love to take this for my lunch during the week does it get soggy after a day? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 13, 2017

      Hi Benita, there aren’t any ingredients in this that would cause it to get soggy. Leftovers of this salad still taste great the following day 🙂 Reply

  • Robin Carney
    May 11, 2017

    This salad was absolutely delicious! And soooo easy😁 I will admit I added a little crumbled bacon….. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 11, 2017

      Bacon does make everything better! 😀 I’m happy to hear you love the recipe Robin, thanks for sharing! Reply

    • Ana
      October 16, 2017

      Love this recipe! What can I substitute the almonds with? I want to make it for work, but I have coworkers allergic to nuts. Thank you! Reply

      • Natasha
        natashaskitchen
        October 16, 2017

        Hi Ana, I would suggest toasted pumpkin seeds. Reply

  • May 11, 2017

    This will be perfect for our summer potlucks! I have it on my must try list! Thanks for the recipe, Natasha! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 11, 2017

      You’re welcome Michelle! Please let me know what you think of the recipe! Reply

  • Carol
    May 9, 2017

    Any idea how many cups of broccoli and cauliflower? I buy these veggies in a bag at Costco. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 9, 2017

      I did not measure it that way but I would guess it is about 3 1/2 to 4 cups of each. Reply

  • Sharon
    May 7, 2017

    What would think of replacing mayo with you yogurt? Just curious. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 7, 2017

      Hi Sharon, I haven’t tried that substitution but I think it would work, although it will change the flavor profile a little bit and you may need a little more honey to offset the added tanginess from the plain yogurt 🙂 Reply

  • Nancy Cortez
    May 7, 2017

    Como limpias el brócoli y la coliflor porque las preparas crudas verdad??? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 7, 2017

      Nancy, If I understand correctly, broccoli and cauliflower are washed before cutting them. Reply

  • Stefany
    May 5, 2017

    Is the broccoli and cauliflower cooked? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 5, 2017

      Hi Stefany, they are both raw and add a wonderful crisp texture to the salad. I hope you love it! 🙂 Reply

  • Luba
    May 5, 2017

    Delicious salad loved every bite! Thanks Natasha for this wonderful recipe, I like how simple the ingredients are but the end result is fantastic. Will be bringing it to a church gathering. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 5, 2017

      You’re welcome! Thanks for sharing your wonderful review! Reply

  • Belle C.
    May 4, 2017

    You’re like the queen of salads, Natasha! You always come up with creative and delicious ways of eating them! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 4, 2017

      Aww, you’re so sweet Belle! I’m happy you enjoy my salad recipes so much! 🙂 Reply

  • Olga
    May 3, 2017

    I made this twice cause the 1st time I think I put too much of those cranraisian. Not gonna lie but I didn’t like the taste. I think the broccoli and grape salad beats it 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 3, 2017

      Hi Olga, I do love the grape one also, but then I do love them both! 🙂 Reply

  • Rachel Elledge
    May 2, 2017

    Is this low carb. I am a diabetic.

    Thanks Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 2, 2017

      Hi Rachel, it is fairly low carb except for the honey, although honey doesn’t spike your blood sugar the way processed sugars do. I haven’t experimented with artificial sweeteners but that may be a good option. Has anyone else tried with artificial sweeteners? Thanks in advance! 🙂 Reply

  • Jo Ann
    May 2, 2017

    Looks like the perfect thing I need to make for a pot luck reunion. I’m sure everyone will love this. I have made a similar cauliflower and grape salad with mustard, mayo and sugar dressing. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 3, 2017

      It really is a delicious salad! Please let me know what you think of the recipe! Reply

  • Oh
    May 2, 2017

    Can this salad be made up a day ahead of time or is it best to make it up right before eaten? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 2, 2017

      Leftovers of the salad still taste great so it would work either way. You can also chop everything the day before and combine with dressing the day you are serving. it will work either way. There isn’t anything in this salad that would wilt if made a day ahead. Reply

  • Sherry Branch
    May 2, 2017

    Didn’t have enough broccoli and cauliflower so I added a can of drained mandarin oranges and lemon zest. Very good! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 3, 2017

      Yum! That sounds delcious Sherry! Thanks for sharing! Reply

  • Diane Laber
    May 2, 2017

    This was so good i think i ate 1/2 before even serving the family. Just so refreshing & sooooo easy to make. THANK YOU Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 3, 2017

      LOL 😀 You’re welcome Diane! I’m happy to hear you love the recipe so much! Reply

  • Bea
    May 2, 2017

    No salt and pepper? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 2, 2017

      Bea, there is no need for either one in this recipe 😬 Reply

  • Sue
    May 2, 2017

    How long does this dressing last in the fridge. I am only one person that will eat it. So I need to know after how many days will it keep? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 2, 2017

      Hi Sue, the dressing will keep very well covered in the refrigerator 3-5 days. Reply

  • May 2, 2017

    Best creamy salad recipe i have ever found. I tried it this morning and the result was delicious. thanks for the recipe. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 2, 2017

      You’re welcome Amber! Thanks for sharing your incredible review! 🙂 Reply

  • Stephanie
    May 1, 2017

    What do you think about substituting mayo with plain Greek yogurt? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 1, 2017

      Hi Stephanie, I think you could make that work for a healthier dressing but keep in mind the dressing would be more tangy so you might have to add a little more honey to balance it. Reply

  • Tatyana S.
    May 1, 2017

    Made this salad at home one time and the next day made another one for my moms house and everyone absolutely loved it! Definitely going to make this salad again. Love how it has simple ingredients but tastes so good😋 Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 1, 2017

      That’s great Tatyana! Thanks for sharing your amazing review! 😀 Reply

  • Kathleen Hamilton
    April 30, 2017

    I have a similar recipe that has bacon in it, too. Always a family favorite at get togethers! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 1, 2017

      That’s a great addition Kathleen! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Reply

  • Wendy Barnett
    April 30, 2017

    What would happen if you substituted Greek Yogurt? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 1, 2017

      Hi Wendy, I think that would work for a healthier dressing but the overall salad would have a more tangy flavor so you might have to add a little more honey to balance it. Reply

  • Karen
    April 30, 2017

    This salad is also reallly good with real bacon crumbles. Not as healthy, but yummmm. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 1, 2017

      Everything is better with bacon! Thanks for sharing Karen 🙂 Reply

  • Rosita
    April 29, 2017

    I am allergic to lemon, can I substitute with white vinegar like I do when I make coleslaw dressing? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 29, 2017

      Hi Rosita, yes that should work fine, but add it to taste and you may need slightly more honey to balance the flavors of the dressing. I hope you love it! 🙂 Reply

  • Sandra King
    April 29, 2017

    What a wonderful healthy salad!!! All the ingredients in this that I enjoy!! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 29, 2017

      It really is! Thanks for sharing Sandra 🙂 Reply

  • Wendy J.
    April 29, 2017

    Thanks for sharing your recipe. Wondering if blanching the broccoli and cauli could be blanched first or not
    bother? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 29, 2017

      Hi Wendy, I would recommend just serving them raw or you would lose that desirable crunch in the salad 🙂 Reply

  • Ann
    April 29, 2017

    Do you think you could substitute the honey for something else? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 29, 2017

      Hi Ann, I think sugar would work fine but I haven’t tested it with any artificial sweeteners to see if it would alter the flavor too much. Since there is not much sweetness in this salad naturally, there should be some sweetness in the dressing to balance it out. Reply

      • Ann
        April 29, 2017

        Thank you. I cannot wait to try it. Heading to the store in a few minutes, LOL. Reply

        • Natasha's Kitchen
          April 29, 2017

          You’re welcome Ann! Reply

    • Karen
      April 29, 2017

      I have a recipe for a very similar salad
      and it calls for sugar and vinegar. So something sweet and something sour. Reply

  • April 28, 2017

    Oh dear ! I feel almost like being at home here ! You do so great things an this is another creation to do ! Thank you so much ! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 29, 2017

      Thank you for writing in! I’m so glad you feel at home here 🙂 I hope you love the salad! Reply

  • Larisa
    April 28, 2017

    Natasha, I love your site! So many wonderful recipes. I used the food chopper you recommended- I went through 3 of them because they kept breaking, and they could very barely do onions. Then I bought another chopper and it’s like night and day, none of the problem I had with the first one, and chopping is an easy pleasure now! Maybe you’ll try it out and like it: (link here) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 29, 2017

      I’m so glad you’re enjoying my blog and recipes 🙂 Thank you for sharing that with me! I’ll definitely check it out!! 🙂 Reply

  • Alla
    April 28, 2017

    I’ve made this salad several times in the past and it’s delicious. You just reminded me to make some more again. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 28, 2017

      That’s so great!! I’m so glad you love it 🙂 Reply

  • April 28, 2017

    This looks amazing!! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 28, 2017

      It really is so easy and delicious! Let me know what you think Sara! Reply

  • Karin
    April 28, 2017

    Do you think making this with vegan mayonnaise in lieu of regular mayonnaise will work ok with this recipe? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 28, 2017

      Hi Karin, I haven’t tried that but I think that would work fine. I hope you love it! Reply

  • April 28, 2017

    Can’t wait to try this recipe! I’ve never tried broccoli with cauliflower and dried cranberries. It sounds like a good combination. Also, I hope that the new recipe will be some kind of dessert. Thanks! 😉 Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 28, 2017

      My pleasure Olga! Please let me know what you think of the recipe! Reply

  • April 28, 2017

    Looks very delicious. I love salads with cauliflower. I’ll have to give this one a try. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 28, 2017

      It is fantastic Julie! Please let me know what you think of the recipe! Reply

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